Learning, Grading, and Graduation Updates

Learning, Grading, and Graduation Updates
Posted on 04/28/2020
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The State Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) has provided all Washington public schools with a new framework and rules for grading as a result of the COVID-19 school closures. As Royal School District moves forward with our Continuous Learning Plan, we have updated our grading policy to reflect the new requirements from OSPI.

Royal School District remains committed to ensuring that all of our students have the essential knowledge and skills in place to meet standards and move forward to achieve success in their next grade level. Our staff will continue to engage students in learning activities throughout the remainder of the school year.

We will continue to communicate updates on our website, Facebook page, and through automated phone calls. If you have any questions at all, please reach out to your child’s teacher(s) or principal. You can also contact the District Office at 509-346-2222 between 8 AM to 4:30 PM, Monday through Friday. Please reach out if you have questions or need further assistance.

Royal School District Grading Policy – Effective March 13, 2020 to June 30, 2020

It is important that student learning and engagement continues and that the extended school closures do not negatively impact students’ grades. We encourage and expect students to engage in the learning activities and materials provided by their teachers.

Grading framework for students in Kindergarten to 6th Grade

Royal students in Kindergarten to 6th grade will move on to the next grade, unless by mutual agreement between parents/guardians and teachers they agree to repeat a grade. All K-6 students engaged in learning and completing work will receive a “S” grade for General Education Academic areas for third trimester.

Grading framework for Students in 7th-12th Grade

Students in 7th-12th grade have two grading options:

Option 1: Maintain Their Passing Grade

The student’s passing grade as of March 13th will carry forward to the final grading period (passing grades are A-D). For example, if a student had a “B” grade as of March 13th, the final grade will also be a “B.”

Option 2: Improve Their Grade

Students may choose to improve their grade. Students choosing to improve their grade should contact their teacher(s). Teachers will determine the learning activities the student needs to complete to improve their grade.

Upon completion of the work, the teacher will assess whether the student completed their work at a satisfactory level to improve the final grade (teachers are not required to assign individual letter grades for each individual assignment provided to students).

No student will receive a failing “F” or a no credit “NC" grade. If a student had a failing grade as of March 13th, the student will receive a grade of “I” for Incomplete and will be provided the opportunity to complete required course work at a later date or through alternate means.

Students with passing grades in credit-bearing courses will be awarded credit. Final letter grades of A-D will be reflected on the student’s transcript and factored into the student’s grade point average (GPA).

Continuous Distance Learning

As our district moves forward with our Continuous Learning plan, Royal teachers will do the following:

  1. Develop learning goals and expectations for each class
  2. Provide weekly “office hours” (either via email or other communication method) to be available to answer questions, provide support, and document student contacts
  3. Engage students in continuous learning to maintain or improve their mastery of essential standards
  4. Monitor student progress/provide support and feedback to students
  5. Notify students of the platform they will be using to deliver instructional materials and activities to their students:
    • Many teachers are using Google Classroom to engage students in learning activities. Students who are unable to access Google Classroom should contact their school to request materials in a different format/delivery.

Printed Learning Packets

Printed copies of learning packets for all grade levels will continue to be provided through June 19th. Packets will be delivered via bus at the designated meal delivery sites and times each week* on Tuesdays and Fridays. Packets will also be available in front of the school buildings.

* Learning packets for students in Kindergarten to 3rd grade will be made available to students every two weeks. Please contact your child’s teacher for details.

Expected daily student time commitments by grade level:

  • Pre-K: 30 Minutes
  • Grades K-1: 45 Minutes
  • Grades 2-3: 60 Minutes
  • Grades 4-5: 90 Minutes
  • Grades 6-8: 20 minutes per class (2.5 hours maximum per day)
  • Grades 9-12: 30 minutes per class (3 hours maximum per day)

Students should stay in contact with their teachers. Your child has received communication from his/her teacher establishing how and when assignments will be posted and feedback will be provided. Office hours will vary. Teachers will communicate their office hours to individual students/families.

Even though in-person instruction has ended, learning will continue! We encourage all of our students to keep engaging with learning activities and projects as we roll out our Continuous Learning Plan.


Royal High School is partnering with Jostens® to host a virtual graduation ceremony on Friday, June 5th. Beginning at 7:30 PM, the RHS 2020 Graduation Video will begin livestreaming on our Royal Facebook page at www.facebook.com/RoyalSD.org. This video will feature all of our traditional speakers, as well as a slideshow of our 2020 graduates. At the conclusion of the video, graduating seniors and their families will join us in their cars in the Royal Intermediate School parking lot. From the RIS parking lot, seniors will parade through town in their cars. The parade will end in the RHS parking lot, where graduates and their families can enjoy fireworks. Detailed instructions will be provided to all RHS seniors and their families in the coming weeks.